Safe Storage Tips
Storing your collector car for the winter demands some special preparation. Here are some important considerations – for your vehicle, and for your garage:
- Fuel System. Add a fuel stabilizer, then fill the tank.
- Battery. Hook the battery up to a maintainer that won’t overcharge.
- Oil and Lube. Change the oil and filter, lube all fittings, check fluid levels for steering, transmission, and differential.
- Cooling System. Flush and refill the cooling system.
- Brakes. Top of the fluid in the master cylinder.
- Wash, Wax, and Cover. Clean and wax the vehicle, then slip on a breathable cloth cover (plastic traps moisture).
- Tires. Raise the vehicle above the floor with jack stands under the axles and suspension; or just remove the wheels and tires.
- Rust. Give unpainted metal surfaces a coat of rust inhibitor.
- Storage Building. Check the building for holes and leaks. Install locks and an outdoor motion light.
- Don’t Forget Insurance! Fires, building collapse, and other unforeseeable perils may damage your car, so keep physical damage protection in force. Liability coverage is also a good idea if you rent the space.